Vaughan Gunson: Cannabis use for medical purposes should have been done and dusted by...

According to recent polling, nearly 90 per cent of us favour the use of medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief.

Opinion: Health experts respond to ‘appalling’ synthetic drug death toll

Alarming provisional coroner figures indicate that between 40-45 people died from synthetic drugs in the previous 12 months. Three health experts – including an Emergency Medicine Specialist – shared their responses with the Science Media Centre.

Paul Little: Smoking isn’t just bad for your health

It's 11 years since I stopped smoking, defying the predictions of all who know me, including not only my immediate family, but also my GP: "I just had you down as a lifelong smoker" she said supportively when I broke the news.

Giles Newton-Howes: Is medicinal cannabis a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

As the debate over legalising medical cannabis burns on, the arguments for potential benefits need to be weighed against the arguments for potential risks, particularly to mental health and society's view of the drug generally.

Barry Soper: Medicinal cannabis bill

Trouble is if you leave it to the squabbling politicians chances are you're not going to get what you want.

Opinion: Anna Dobson – Safe staffing should be separate from pay talks

DHB nurse Anna Dobson argues that safe staffing is too important to be held hostage to pay talks. She has launched a petition calling for the Ministry of Health and MBIE ¬– not district health boards – to be responsible for funding and monitoring safe staffing of hospital wards.

Opinion: Ian Powell – ‘Mammoth’ DHBs not the answer

Ian Powell argues that the major health system review currently underway should not be creating “mammoth” DHBs but instead encouraging clinically-led networking between community health and hospitals – locally, regionally and nationally.

Opinion: Andy Espersen – Charity and compassion lacking in modern mental health

Retired psychiatric nurse Andy Espersen responds to the recent impassioned plea from the South Island mother seeking better support for people like her son who fall through the gaps in the mental health system.

Opinion: Marita Broadstock – Keeping guidelines real and alive

New Zealand’s innovative “living guideline” process keeps our Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline relevant and “alive”, says researcher Marita Broadstock.

Opinion: Miles Williams – the ethical argument for legalising euthanasia

Cardiologist Miles Williams considers what is a good death and argues why he believes it is time for medicine and society to accept the option of assisted dying as part of an inevitable evolution in human rights.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...